One that makes us all proud in the Philippines, at least in the corporate real estate industry, is Menarco Tower. This office tower is the first to achieve WELL certification in Southeast Asia. On top of that, it is also LEED certified.
There is so much that this office building offers to its occupiers. Here we would like to highlight its location and accessibility, building design and amenities, as well as building technical specification:
Located at the heart of BGC along 32nd street--one of BGC's main thoroughfares, Menarco Tower is accessible to different modes of transportation. There are three major bus stops that are approximate 3-5 mins walk from the building - 11th ave/32nd street, The Globe Tower, and HSBC. 32nd street also leads directly to Kalayaan Avenue where there are a lot of jeepneys that can route you to different points in Makati and as well as directly to EDSA. Right on the next street-30th street, you can access Bonifacio High Street where you can walk through to Market-Market's Terminal Hub. Also, BGC has a lot of cabs going around and you can easily hail one or call through the hotline. Grab service is also very easy to book online in the area.
Being located in BGC gives Menarco Tower plenty of retail establishments around ti such as restaurants, cafés, bars, malls, and even museums that are all within walking distance. The location actually has a Walk Score® of 98/100.
What makes the location unique as well is its close proximity to sports and leisure facilities such as the basketball court right in front of Menarco Tower, a public "active" park along 30th street (2 minutes walk) where there are a lot of joggers, and a football field at the backside of the building along Lane R.
Within the vicinity are important support services like St. Luke's Medical Center - also along 32nd street - and the BGC Emergency Police and Fire Response are just along 5th Avenue or 3 minutes away from Menarco.
Of course, the most exciting part about this office tower is its thoughtful design. As mentioned earlier, it is the first WELL-certified building in the region. Although it may appear very minimalist from the outside, all the aspects of its design actually come with a good reason.
What are the features of a WELL-certified building?
98.7% of the building premises are naturally illuminated (even the fire exits)
Potable water from all taps that surpass WHO standards
MERV13 air filter system
The uHoo indoor air quality sensor helps Menarco understand the health and safety of the building in real-time.
4-meter slab to slaw ceiling height on its office floors promoting better air circulation
a common floor that can serve as a dining hall or a break area with al fresco area--even has a vegetable garden where you can ask for fresh produce
non- or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint which reduces toxins in the air.
fitness and wellness center
Aside from its WELL Certification, the building is also an award-winning corporate tower, both locally and globally. In 2015, Menarco was awarded Best Office in Architectural Design and Best Green Development at the Philippine Property Awards and in 2016, Best Office Development Award at the Southeast Asia Property Awards.
Menarco is also LEED Certified Gold as most of its efforts towards WELL coincided with sustainability and future-proofing--two of the major philosophies being pushed by the US Green Building Council.
It is designed to offer humanity-centered spaces but it does not sacrifice its commitment to the environment.